There’s nothing like when you get a glut of one thing from the garden, like green beans. It’s a great problem, but these easy fresh green bean recipes will make it even better.
Certain times of the year you may be overrun with excess hot peppers, excess tomatoes, excess sweet potatoes, excess cucumbers, or excess green beans that you don’t know what to do with. Preserving garden produce is great. But there are times when you want new and fresh ideas to use the produce when it’s fresh.
Green bean recipes to use garden produce
I love green beans and I think they are the super best when they are fresh straight from the garden. I like them canned and frozen if you cook them right when using them, but fresh green beans have no equal. So, I wanted to share some inspiration for the best recipes to use them in.
Fresh green beans and potatoes
Obviously fresh green beans with new potatoes is a southern favorite, especially in spring when the garden is producing both. Check out this recipe for a yummy version of that.
Healthy Greek green beans braised in extra virgin olive oil with tomato and potatoes. Serve it as a main or a side to add color and nutrients to your meal.
I have a great instant pot recipe with green beans and potatoes that also uses pork tenderloin and man is it delicious!
Easy fresh green bean recipes
My favorite recipe for fresh green beans is my world-famous green beans (as my daycare kids have named it). It is flavored with a little bacon and is so good even my veggie hating husband loves it. He asks for it like this every time.
Green bean amandine or green beans with almonds is a classic French way to serve vegetables. Loaded with butter garlic and the crunch of toasted almonds these bad boys are the perfect way to make inroads into your glut of garden fresh green beans!
These fresh green beans are so simple – five ingredients, one pan, lots of flavor!. You may be used to your traditional way of cooking green beans but if you’re looking for a new version, this blistering technique is a winner.
Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan are the best way to enjoy green beans! Simply toss them in olive oil, roast until caramelized, and sprinkle with parmesan for a side dish everyone will love!
Fresh Green Bean, Walnut, and Feta Cheese Salad dressed with olive oil and fresh mint vinaigrette. It may sound bizarre, but it’s one amazingly delicious flavor combination!
These Garlicky Roasted Green Beans are a super easy side dish recipe that’s ready in 20 minutes! This healthy dish is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.
This spicy Sri Lankan green bean stir fry (Sri Lankan Bonchi Baduma) is one of our favorite ways to cook (and eat) green beans. This umami rich Sri Lankan style green bean stir fry is so easy and packed with flavor!
If you’re looking for the BEST Vegan Green Bean Casserole for the holidays this is it! It’s so good you’ll want to make it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and just because you’re craving it too!
Fresh, flavourful and nutritious! Serve this healthy green bean and tomato salad alongside your fave dish.
This super easy Green Beans with Mushrooms recipe, with buttery garlic and onion flavors, is a traditional holiday side dish for my family. It’s healthy, quick and adds a burst of color to your dinner plate!
These healthy green bean fritters are delicious as a snack, an appetizer or a light breakfast. Serve with a spicy salsa or sour cream!
Sauteed green beans and beets with bacon, pecans, goat cheese, and balsamic reduction is a hearty and nutritious side dish perfect for gatherings and potlucks. Roast the beets in advance to make preparing this recipe a breeze!
Green Bean Casserole that is made entirely from scratch. Fresh green beans in delicious mushroom cream sauce baked under a layer of seasoned with herbs and garlic Parmesan breadcrumbs.
A simple yet delicious Green Bean Curry. The addition of fenugreek seeds gives this curry a unique flavor and you will definitely cook it over and over again.
Fasolia bzeit is a simple Middle Eastern dish made with stewed green beans, tomato, and olive oil. Simple, healthy, and delicious!
This simple and super easy to make Italian style green bean dish is so tasty, all that’s needed is some fresh crusty bread!
This easy Crock Pot Green Beans recipe is full of delicious buttery and smoky flavor. Plus it’s dump and start side dish made from affordable pantry staple that that comes together with almost no effort at all!
These Air Fryer Green Beans are the perfect mix of easy, quick and oh so tasty vegetable treat. The beans are cooked in very little low-calorie cooking oil making them a healthier treat. Whip up a batch or two for a snack, dinner side or a lunch bowl filler.
Blistered green beans with miso and sesame will hit all the right bells and whistles on your taste buds. This is a delicious and extraordinary side dish that will keep you coming back for more!
Easy to make Sauteed Green Beans (string beans) with garlic, lemon zest, Parmesan cheese and pistachios is a simple and tasty side dish perfect for weeknight meals, dinner parties and holiday meals.
These green beans with cranberries, bacon and goat cheese are a healthy addition to any fall or winter meal, a delicious mix of savory, bright and fresh flavors!
This salmon kale salad is a fall harvest salad made with fresh kale, apples, Parmesan salmon, roasted potatoes and green beans, and an easy tahini dressing.
Incredibly tasty and so quick to make. This Pork & Green Bean Stir Fry is the perfect midweek meal that you can have on the table in 20 minutes.
Instant pot fresh green beans
Instant Pot green beans make for a delicious and healthy side dish! Your family will love these green beans tossed with garlic and Parmesan.
Frozen green beans
I don’t can because in home daycare we aren’t allowed to serve home-canned foods. So, I learn to dehydrate and freeze what I can. I know a lot of people think they hate frozen green beans, but if you cook them just right, they are actually almost as good as fresh.
The one thing about green beans for me, is they need to be cooked well enough that they aren’t fuzzy or squeaky. I want them a little softer than most vegetables.
Cooking frozen green beans
If you cook your frozen green beans a little longer than you think they need, they turn out soft, tender, and full of so much fresh flavor you’ll be amazed. I just love them this way.
This easy green bean almondine (or amandine) is made with frozen beans cooked in butter and topped with toasted almonds. This veggie side dish is based on Julia Child’s buttered green beans.
So, before you say you hate them, give this a try. Click here for more ideas about saving green beans from the garden.
I hope you found some wonderful inspiration for new ways to try yummy home-grown green beans.
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